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Thomas Burlison, Baron Burlison

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Full nameThomas Henry Burlison
Date of birth23 May 1936
Place of birthEdmondsley, England
Date of death20 May 2008(age 71)
Place of deathGateshead, England
Playing positionWing-half

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Thomas Henry Burlison, Baron Burlison, DL (23 May 1936 - 18 May 2008) was a British footballer, GMB trade unionist and Treasurer of the Labour Party. He was the first professional footballer to take a seat in the House of Lords.

Burlison was born in Edmondsley, County Durham, the son of a miner, Robert Burlison, and his wife, Georgina. He was educated in Edmondsley and worked as panel beater from 1951 to 1957, joining the General and Municipal Workers' Union (GMWU, later merged to form the GMB).

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